Southwest Gas Corporation- State
PUBLIC NOTICE OF HEARING ON THE APPLICATION OF SOUTHWEST GAS CORPORATION FOR AN ACCOUNTING ORDER AUTHORIZING THE DEFERRAL OF COSTS RELATED TO IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS CUSTOMER DATA MODERNIZATION INITIATIVE
(DOCKET NO. G-01551A-19-0064)
On March 29, 2019, Southwest Gas Corporation ("Southwest Gas" or "Company") filed an application with the Arizona Corporation Commission ("Commission") requesting an accounting order authorizing Southwest Gas to defer and record the revenue requirement associated with the implementation of its Customer Data Modernization Initiative ("CDMI"). The CDMI is intended to replace the Company's aging and outdated customer data systems. The Company estimates the total costs of the CDMI to be approximately $174 million, of which approximately $96 million would be allocated to its Arizona jurisdiction. Approval of the application would allow the Company to track and defer the costs associated with the CDMI, so that the Company can present the Arizona jurisdictional portion of the costs to the Commission for review
and consideration in a future rate case.
THE COMMISSION IS NOT BOUND BY THE PROPOSALS OF SOUTHWEST GAS CORPORATION STAFF, OR ANY INTERVENORS. THE COMMISSION WILL DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE RELIEF TO BE GRANTED IN RESPONSE TO SOUTHWEST GAS CORPORATION'S APPLICATION BASED ON THE EVIDENCE PRESENTED IN THIS MATTER.
How You Can View or Obtain a Copy of the Application
Copies of the Application are available from Southwest Gas Corporation upon request by contacting the Company at 1-877-860-6020. Copies can be viewed at 2200 North Central Avenue, #101, Phoenix, Arizona 85004 and 3401 East Gas Road, Tucson, Arizona 85714. The filing is also available by visiting www.swgas.com; at the Commission's Docket Control Center at 1200 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona, and the Commission's office at 400 West Congress Street, Suite 218, Tucson, Arizona, during regular business hours; and on the Commission website (www.azcc.gov) using the e-Docket function.
Arizona Corporation Commission Public Hearing Information
The Commission will hold a hearing on this matter beginning February 18, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., or upon the adjournment of the public comment session for the Company's rate case in Docket No. G01551A-19-0055, whichever occurs later, at the Commission's offices, 1200 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona. Public comments will be taken on the first day of the hearing.
Written public comments may be submitted by mailing a letter referencing Docket No. G-01551A-19-0064 to Arizona Corporation Commission, Consumer Services Section, 1200 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007, or by submitting comments on the Commission's website (www.azcc.gov) by clicking on "Cases and Open Meetings" and "Make a Public Comment in a Docket." If you require assistance, you may contact the Consumer Services Section at 602-542-4251 or 1-800-222-7000.
If you do not intervene in this proceeding, you will receive no further notice of the proceedings in this docket unless you sign up to Follow the Docket. However, all documents filed in this docket are available online (usually within 24 hours after docketing) at the Commission's website (www.azcc.gov) using the e-Docket function. Information on how to Follow a Docket is available on the Commission's website by clicking on "Cases and Open Meetings" and "Follow a Docket."
The law provides for an open public hearing at which, under appropriate circumstances, interested persons may intervene. An interested person may be granted intervention if the outcome of the case will directly and substantially impact the person, and the person's intervention will not unduly broaden the issues in the case. Intervention, among other things, entitles a party to present sworn evidence at hearing and to cross-examine other parties' witnesses. Intervention is not required for you to appear at the hearing and provide public comment, to file written comments in the record of the case, or to receive emailed notice of each filing made in the case by following the docket.
Information about what intervention means, including an explanation of the rights and responsibilities of an intervenor, is available on the Commission's website (www.azcc.gov) by clicking on "Cases and Open Meetings" and then clicking on "Intervene in a Case." The information includes a Sample Intervention Request and a Fillable Intervention Request Form.
To request intervention, you must file a written request to intervene, either (a) by filing a hard copy request (meeting filing requirements) with Docket Control (Docket Control, 1200 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007), or (b) by eFiling the request. Your request must be filed or eFiled no later than December 13, 2019. Instructions and restrictions for eFiling are available on the Commission's website at http://azcc.gov/hearing/efile-for-utilities-instruction. You also must serve a copy of the request to intervene on each party of record, on the same day that you file the request to intervene with the Commission.
Your request to intervene must contain the information below:
1. Your name, address, and telephone number;
2. The docket number for the case in which you are requesting to intervene;
3. A short statement explaining:
a. Your interest in the proceeding (e.g., a customer of the regulated company involved),
b. How you will be directly and substantially affected by the outcome of the case, and
c. Why your intervention will not unduly broaden the issues in the case;
4. If a hearing has not been scheduled, whether and why you believe a hearing is needed;
5. A statement certifying that you have sent a copy of your request to intervene to the regulated company or its attorney and to all other parties of record in the case; and
6. If you are not represented by an attorney who is an active member of the Arizona State Bar, and you are not representing yourself as an individual, sufficient information and any appropriate documentation to demonstrate compliance with Arizona Supreme Court Rules 31, 38, 39, and 42, as applicable. This only applies if you are NOT representing yourself and you are not a licensed attorney.
The granting of motions to intervene shall be governed by A.A.C. R14-3-105, except that all motions to intervene must be filed on or before December 13, 2019.
ADA/Equal Access Information
The Commission does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to its public meetings. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter, as well as request this document in an alternative format, by contacting the ADA Coordinator, Kacie Cannon, E-mail KCannon@azcc.gov, voice phone number 602-542-3931. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.